Monday, April 20, 2015

How to Recognise the Voice and Work of Satan in Your Life

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27)

When it comes to exposing Satan and his many schemes, many Christians lose interest. However, the Lord is providing this message with a purpose, since understanding how the enemy operates will arm us with knowledge to overcome Satan's schemes. While we may sound repetitive here, the Lord has impressed upon us to draw our attention away from any evil or selfish behavior. The Lord says that He desires one identity in His children: that of truthful, humble and holy living (Matthew 7:16; 1 Peter 1:16). The Bible warns us that in these last days, people will not endure sound doctrine, and teachings on Satan’s schemes and deceptions may not tickle the ear and be appealing to the flesh (2 Timothy 4:3). However, in a clear message to me (Brother Glenn), the Lord said that teachings like these purify the conscience and create a desire for holy living and friendship with Him (Hebrews 12:14; James 4:4).

Whether we acknowledge it or not, we all have a connection with the devil through sinful behaviour, thoughts, and other acts of disobedience (John 8:41-44; 1 John 1:10). It is important for us to understand that the message about God, Christ and Satan is supernatural and revealed by God in order to give humanity the understanding that there is another form of life beyond the grave. This life is in the spiritual realm, and it is directly influenced by how we lead our lives here on earth, whether good or bad (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Daniel 12:2; 1 John 3:9-10).

This past week, the Lord revealed to me, that if people know and understand Satan’s subversive, undercover activities, they would be better equipped to resist the evil he presents and represents (James 4:7). In turn, we would be able to experience Jesus’ truth setting us free (John 8:32; 36). Brethren, we are not trying to commend ourselves here, and what we are sharing in this article is not a figment of our imaginations or false claims. What we are sharing are true experiences that we have received from the Living Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and we have shared some of these with you in our Visions section. Instead of just taking our word for it, we strongly encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit for discernment (Proverbs 2:3-5), and “…search the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things [are] so” (Acts 17:11).

Human Choice Vital to Outside Influence

In the Bible, Paul makes a statement of faith, expressing a choice we formerly followed: “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient” (Ephesians 2:1-2). When we make certain choices, we often express consent and satisfaction in our decision, hoping to have favorable outcomes or consequences. However, the spiritual element of sin living in us often hinders us from making perfect choices (Romans 7:15-17)! The force that motivated us into our choice of action receives the honor of our decision: “For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want (Galatians 5:17).

With regards to the Christian message, the Bible makes it clear that our wrong choices are influenced by the “…prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience…” (Ephesians 2:2). Since the Bible is our source of faith, we accept its warnings and teachings as true concerning the unseen world of the spirit realm (2 Corinthians 5:7). As we express our faith and interest in what the Bible presents, we also develop discernment.

Before this understanding, we oftentimes guess and imagine until we can match our experiences with the revealed reality. In the Christian context and by faith, we have seen the consistency of what the Bible teaches about demonic activity in our everyday lives.

Differentiating Between the Voice of God and the Voice of Satan

The Bible tells us that the sheep know the voice of their shepherd and follow him, while they will flee from a stranger, because they do not know the voice of strangers (John 10:1-5). Unlike these sheep, many Christians unfortunately do not know the Voice of the Good Shepherd, and oftentimes get confused and heed the voice of the devil. Why is this the case? Because they have not taken the time to know God’s voice through His Word and be led by the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 3:16; Galatians 5:16-18).

Below are a few thoughts to help you differentiate between the voice of God and the voice of Satan. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we encourage you to keep seeking the Lord in prayer and studying His Word, and the Holy Spirit will guide you into all truth (John 16:13).
  • The voice of God affirms and upholds Jesus Christ as Lord (Luke 3:22); the voice of Satan denies Christ (1 John 2:22).
  • The voice of God uplifts the Lord (Exodus 20:4-6) and appeals to the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:12-14); the voice of Satan elevates man and appeals to the flesh (Daniel 4:28-30; Daniel 5:2,4; 2 Kings 18:19-22).
  • The voice of God convicts (John 16:7-11; Luke 5:7-8); the voice of Satan condemns (John 9:16; Romans 8:1-2)
  • The voice of God strengthens our faith (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6); the voice of Satan causes fear, anxiety, and doubt (2 Timothy 1:7; Philippians 4:6-7).
  • The voice of God is consistent with Scripture and promotes truth (Luke 24:27; John 18:37);  the voice of Satan twists Scripture or promotes lies and unscriptural things (Matthew 4:6-7; Genesis 3:4-5; Acts 19:24-27).
  • The voice of God speaks with genuine love (Exodus 34:5-7; John 7:37-38); the voice of Satan is false and seductive (Genesis 3:1).
  • The voice of God promotes love while giving insight, knowledge, and revelation (1 Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 24:45); the voice of Satan causes confusion and yields works of the sinful nature (1 Corinthians 14:33; Galatians 5:19-21).
  • The voice of God brings genuine peace (Judges 6:23-24; John 14:27; Galatians 5:22); the voice of Satan troubles the soul (Genesis 27:21-24; 1 Samuel 16:14).
  • The voice of God promotes holiness and obedience of God's commands (Jonah 3:4-10); the voice of Satan promotes wickedness and disobedience to God's commands (Deuteronomy 13:1-5)
  • The voice of God affirms the truth of Jesus' imminent return (Revelation 3:11, 22:7, 22:12, 22:20); the voice of Satan mocks or downplays Jesus’ second coming (2 Peter 3:4).
  • The voice of God gives you choices and consequences (Deuteronomy 11:27-28, Deuteronomy 30:19); the voice of Satan forces or coerces you to do things against God’s will (Matthew 4:3; Acts 4:18).
We Christians often make big mistakes costing us lost joy, lost finances, or other blessings by allowing people to pressure us or by pressuring others to do things including giving offerings, buying an item, signing contracts, joining a group, etc. The Israelites for example were conned into signing a treaty with the Gibeonites before they could inquire of the Lord (Joshua 9:3-18). Be cognizant when you are getting pressured or pressuring someone to make a choice or decision hastily before prayer and peace. The voice of God does not pressure; while the voice of Satan rushes and pushes. One of our ministry members was warned on this when the Lord gave her a message through Charis saying “My daughter [Susie] must not put my son [Ben] under pressure”.

Also, have you experienced intending to have well-meaning communication with someone, but the person receives the opposite message from what you meant? For example, a husband may say to his wife, “Darling, can we eat salad today?” and the message his wife may get is “he thinks I’m fat and he’s trying to control what I eat”. Thoughts like these lead to works of the flesh such as discord, dissension, and strife (Galatians 5:19-21). The devil is called the prince of the air and as the Lord showed us in the Vision of Demons Influencing Someone to Sin, he imparts wrong thoughts and ideas (Ephesians 2:2). We are encouraged to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

The Holy Spirit Exposes Satan’s Identity

The best way to expose darkness is through light (John 12:46), and likewise truth is identified through the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Nowadays we have almost every kind of gadget to measure materials in the natural. However, in the spiritual realm, true faith and evil are identified and exposed through the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14). Like we explained in our Discerning of Spirits article, in addition to the Scriptural prophecies, Jesus Christ was identified and revealed to the world through John the Baptist’s evidence of seeing the Holy Spirit descending upon the Lord in a physical manifestation in the form of a dove (John 1:32). The apostle John also said:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already” (1 John 4:1-3 ESV).
This is very true when identifying erroneous conduct vs. truthful conduct. In Christ, the reality of truthful living has the absence of sin. The above verse presents the absolute purity of truth. Given the brief explanation above, we will now turn to actual experiences we had which might help you overcome in your struggle with certain bad habits or traits of behavior you might have developed.

A few years ago, I attended a home church service with some believers who invited me. Just as a brother started to preach, opening with the words, “test all spirits”, the man in whose house the service was hosted got a seizure, his eyes turned red and big, his body stopped moving, and his hands became stiff. We started rebuking the demons in that man in the name of Jesus, and after about 20 minutes he started vomiting and got delivered. This man became possessed with demons as a result of smoking, swearing and having a violent temper. This brother got delivered because he accepted the Lord into his life. However, a few days into his deliverance, the Lord showed me in a vision that those spirits went back into him because he returned to his old habits. The Lord Jesus warned:
“When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, but finds none. Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it comes, it finds the house empty, swept, and put in order. Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there, and the last state of that person is worse than the first. So also will it be with this evil generation” (Matthew 12:43-45 ESV).
In a vision to Charis recently, the Lord showed her that the cause of anger in somebody was directly from a demonic spirit. The spirit manifested and confessed that he was responsible for the cause of fierce anger in that person (Mark 5:1-10). All wrong-doing in humanity receives it root in the devil (1 John 3:8). Previously, we also shared a few visions of how Satan influences children and people into wrong doing – see article on Demons and their Influence on Mankind, as well as the Vision of How Young Children are Influenced into Wrong Doing, and the Vision of Satan and His Influence on People.

Finally, while it is impossible to list every kind of sinful human behaviour, we leave the decision to you to judge your every motive in accordance with the Scriptures every time you are presented with choices: an option to obey the Lord in doing right or obey the voice of the Satan (working through the flesh or otherwise) in doing wrong. Rememner that "the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (Romans 6:23). In His Word, the Lord encourages us to make a wise choice:
"I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
“Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:14-15).
Have you been captive of Satan’s influence, and would you like to be free? If so, please accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and learn to gain victory in His Name. Please start by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. For any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Grace and peace to you!

Brother Glenn and Preparing for The Kingdom Ministry Team.

Monday, April 6, 2015

The Eternal Benefit of Godly Correction

“So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me. When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Nevertheless, if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul” (Ezekiel 33:7-9 NKJV).

Human lives are fundamentally shaped by trials, errors, and corrections. For these reasons, the Lord God has commanded believers to rebuke sin and expose error through the Scriptures, in order to prepare us for perfection and conformity to His righteous ways (Ephesians 5:11; 2 Timothy 2:24-26; 4:2; Titus 1:9-14). Before we proceed with this message, we wanted to share with you a warning the Lord gave us on the dangers of swearing.

Warning from the Lord against the Spirit of Swearing

Vision Given to Claudia on April 1, 2015

The Lord Jesus Christ appeared in a vision to my eight-year-old daughter, Claudia, on April 1, 2015, and warned her on the dangers of swearing. Dressed in a pure white robe and covered in light, the Lord warned Claudia not to swear. In this vision, she pleaded for forgiveness from the Lord for swearing. He went on to tell her that if she and Jaydeen (our other daughter) continue in this sin of swearing, they would go to hell forever and that they would never get to see Charis (our eldest daughter) and the rest of the family. While this was a direct warning to Claudia, the Lord commanded us to share this message with everyone and take heed of this warning.

In today’s society, swearing, cursing, cussing, and using profane and filthy language have become acceptable practices, and many people find it natural to use offensive words as a way to express themselves. The Bible clearly says that we must consider how to encourage and build up one another in the Lord; we are clearly warned not to allow corrupt talk to come out of our mouths (Ephesians 4:29). Before I came to the Lord, I was likewise corrupted by swearing. I am not ashamed to share with you that I was seriously warned by the Lord not to swear to people or animals. We should keep our tongues free from profanity, insulting, or using abusive language to others (Ephesians 5:4-6). As a watchman to your spiritual wellbeing, please be warned and repent from this wickedness that has become prevalent in our society. We are expected to treat others with respect and dignity, not allowing ourselves to be deceived by pride or corrupted by worldly influences and positions of power. Remember that you reap what you sow (Job 4:8; Galatians 6:7), and that "for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned" (Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV). Since we are all created in God's image (Genesis 1:27), we should not harbor hate or resentment, but love people and pray for those who curse us and mistreat us! (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28).

Rebuking Christians for Error

In my experience as a minister of the Gospel, I have had the opportunity to be sent by the Lord to Christian brethren, including pastors, who are walking in disobedience. Sadly, many of them did not respond humbly to the Lord’s rebuke, yet these are the same believers who expect their flock and unbelievers to submit to rebukes and corrections from them. The Bible tells us: “The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, but he who heeds rebuke gets understanding” (Proverbs 15:31-32 NKJV). God uses those on the inside, and not outsiders, to express His way (Galatians 2:11; 1 Peter 4:17; Titus 1:9-14). This explanation comes in response to letters from members of the body who questioned our work. As we explain below, the work of this ministry and others is a God-ordained function within the body. Our motive is not to police others or to be elevated as being “super special”—we fear God (Philippians 2:3). Our motivation is to encourage those who spread error to repent and the lost sheep to return so that both may be saved (Ezekiel 3:18-21). Christians who continue to live in their sin gain a fruitless life in Christ and He has no use for them in His service (Matthew 3:10; 5:13). The Lord Jesus Christ says that such people are selective in their obedience to Him, and this will only earn them His wrath (Romans 1:18; 2:5-11). Therefore, do not hate those who speak corrective truth to you in the name of the Lord (Amos 5:10).

Confronting and Challenging Error in the Body

As a responsible Ministry under submission to Jesus Christ, we would like to briefly explain why we are warning members of the Body of Christ against teachings that are destroying our relationship with the Lord. Earlier in 2015, we wrote, by instruction from the Lord, about “Prosperity Prophets”, and in prior messages, the Lord had instructed us to write about “Prosperity Teachers”, “Pastors Repent”, “False Witness” and many other subjects which are available for reading on our website. Through these messages, the Lord also gave important warnings. Whether you believe us or not remains a matter of your faith and conviction, but we were directly commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ to write and warn the church against the teachings of certain prominent individuals in the Church.

As it is, many non-discerning Christians dislike us for warning the Church against false teachings. Even though the Lord God of Truth has mandated us to expose false teachers and their teachings, some people accuse us of “judging”. Brethren, please discern for yourselves from what we have written—are we judging people or their message? The truth of the matter is that we are not driven by any malice or jealousy, and we don’t judge people (Matthew 25:31-46; John 5:22). What we do is Biblically judge their message and offer you the opportunity to do likewise (1 Corinthians 14:29). We present to you the choice to humble yourself, pray and follow your conscience in discerning Biblical truth.

While these teachers might be doing a wonderful job in some of their ministry commitments, and doing good deeds for God is commendable, it is sinful and dangerous to accept human opinions and erroneous doctrines which deviate from the Scriptures. Therefore, if we allow their work to go unchallenged we would not be operating from the Holy Spirit’s conviction. We would be literally dead in our faith if we dare not challenge the Scriptural position of their teachings. The Bible clearly warns us on the dangers of false teachings or “yeast” (Matthew 16:6; Galatians 5:9). We should further realize that it is equally sinful and dangerous to blindly jump to the defense of some Bible teachers you love, especially when their teachings are contrary to Scripture. It is worth reading how Korah, Dathan, Abiram and all their followers were destroyed by the Lord when they rebelled in error! (Numbers 16:1-40). We are instructed to Depart now from the tents of these wicked men! Touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins (Numbers 16:26 NKJV).

When we stand up in defense of someone who spreads error, we are foolishly blinding that person and also encouraging rebellion against God. The Lord warns us not to take human sides but to side with the Truth (John 18:37). Two of our ministry members learned first-hand not to defend men who are spreading error in the body of Christ. The Lord, through a serious rebuke, promised them punishment. However, through prayer, humility, and sincere repentance, they were forgiven and delivered from those demons associated with such false teachings. Are you willing to die eternally for a “man of God” whose wickedness you know nothing about because you “love” them? Or are you willing to surrender to God’s great love in correcting you, so that you may be saved (Hebrews 12:6; Proverbs 3:12)?

God judges the facts of our truthful conduct and not how we feel about something or someone. It is true that we sometimes can become emotionally involved with people, but that should not make us overlook truth and entertain error. Today, the practice in the body is unification or ecumenism, with smaller ministries being annexed to promote a single ministry’s influence nationally and internationally. Such acquisitions are often achieved by selling the credibility of the founding member and his ministry’s achievements. I have seen some pastors giving up their calling and churches so as to become part of a bigger network of churches. This shift is undoubtedly meant to gain more popularity and power, members and of course, money. This move is most likely benefiting the leaders, not the flock. What the flock needs is the Holy Spirit and more of God in their lives in order to bear godly fruits. On some social media platforms, some Christians are so blinded by the ‘superstar syndrome’ of some pastors, that they rudely slander other believers in order to receive approval and acceptance from these pastors. This kind of behavior does not earn God’s approval. God never intended for Christians to play the game of being better than others (Matthew 20:26) just because of having better resources. No! God forbid, no amount of status, riches or influence saves souls. We are saved by Jesus and His humble experience of the cross. I choose that above all.

Loyalty to Christ, Not Man

The practice of apologetics to boldly challenge error and falsehood in the body of Christ, and to rebuke those who spread confusion in the body, has been practiced in the church since the earlier times (2 Timothy 2:16-18; 3 John 1: 9-10). From Scripture, we see Paul rebuking Peter for sowing confusion; he did so to uphold the truth while correcting Peter. He was not simply considering Peter’s reputation (Galatians 2:11-14). As believers in Christ, there should be no master-servant relationship among us, but Christ is the Master and we are all humble servants who are enslaved to the truth (1 Corinthians 7:22). Therefore, as mere mortals, we are all imperfect and God is using His word to perfect our ways. We who preach and teach the Word are not above it. We too must submit in humility and obedience to corrections and warnings from the Word of God (James 3:1; 1 Corinthians 9:27).

Therefore, in our humble work, we don’t take it upon ourselves to ‘police’ the church. It is the Lord who calls, commands and reveals the disturbing trends in the body prophetically. As a result of our work and calling, we have become very unpopular, but the Lord in an encouraging message to us said that not everybody in the world will reject our message. We are not seeking a name for ourselves, neither are we canvassing for loyalty. As it is, we have no appetite for power games. In our work, we humbly preach Christ and His truth, allowing His Word to judge and discern our motives in our message to you.

About five years ago soon after we launched this ministry, I worked happily together with some wonderful and God-fearing men and women of God. In their love for us, these precious brethren unselfishly shared many material things with us, helping us with much-needed resources for our ministry work. In the Lord’s great love, He issued some strong messages of corrections and rebukes to some of these brethren. Until today, many of them regretted saying that this was my thank you to them; but in actual fact, correction from error is more precious than gold for the reward thereof is eternal life (Psalm 19:9-11). The trend most people follow today is to simply ignore someone’s mistakes and supposedly pray for them. What effect would my prayer have if I don’t show my love to my brother by correcting them? Let me put it this way, what we may benefit materially from members of the body is not as important as their obedience to the Lord (1 Samuel 15:22) and their salvation.

The truth is priceless, immeasurable and incomparable! What the Lord did, is He gave them messages to save and deliver them from their sin (Lamentations 2:14). Admittedly, at first I ignored some bad yeast in their teachings not wishing to upset them, but when some concerned and discerning brethren emailed me inquiring about some questionable teachings from some of those brethren, I could not ignore and compromise on the value of truth. We carefully compared their teachings in the light of the Scriptures and I wrote to some of them with the aim of calling attention to the questionable teachings. After being rejected, I set out praying and the Lord reminded me not to be afraid to rebuke people when I see them corrupting His word (Leviticus 19:17). I obeyed the Lord and challenged these brethren privately on some of the things they were teaching, and as would be expected, their pride stood in the way and their natural choice was to avoid contact or association with me. However, in contrast, there have been equally humble brothers and sisters who have continued with us despite sharp rebukes from the Lord, and they have been supporting this ministry and our message in every way. These precious brethren looked beyond their own feelings, but acknowledged their shortcomings and allowed truth from Jesus Christ to convict and correct them. In truth, our humility is tested by our submission to a word of correction (Psalm 139:23-25; 141:5).

Finally dear brethren, do not be like mockers who hate, reject, abuse, and insult those who give them godly correction intended to bless and ward them away from enslavement to the enemy (Proverbs 9:7; Matthew 21:33-46; Luke 20:9-19, Mark 12:1-12). Rather, choose to be wise men and women of God who are receptive to godly correction which is able to lead you away from error and paves the way to eternal life (Proverbs 9:8; 17:10).

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ as your personal Savior and become His beloved child who receives godly correction, please get started by praying this Prayer of Sincere Repentance. As always, for any questions or comments on this article or our ministry, please contact us.

Blessed truth to you,

Brother Glenn and Preparing For The Kingdom Ministry Team.